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Knife threat lands Golden Valley man in custody

Billy Kemp Griffith

Billy Kemp Griffith

GOLDEN VALLEY - A night of drinks and arguments led to the arrest of a Golden Valley man who reportedly told deputies he "went after" his girlfriend with a knife Monday night.

Billy Kemp Griffith, 58, also told Mohave County Sheriff's deputies he had no intention of harming the alleged victim, 57, despite his actions and statements.

Dispatchers told deputies en route that Griffith could be heard saying "one of them was going to die tonight" while speaking with the victim, and that he was armed with a knife.

Deputies responded to Griffith's home in the 3300 block of South Peridot Road at about 9:45 p.m.

The girlfriend told them that Griffith left on foot. He returned a few moments later, announcing he was unarmed as he approached his home.

Griffith, according to deputies, said he is tired of his girlfriend not leaving him alone and that she was "on his last nerve." He also said they argued, but that he did not touch her.

However, he also reportedly admitted he "grabbed a knife and went after her," but that he was not going to hurt her.

The victim told a different story, saying they had been drinking and she went to bed to end the arguing. She woke up when Griffith grabbed her and held the knife to her throat.

The woman was not injured.

Griffith faces a felony charge of aggravated assault by domestic violence.

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